ORDER - Solo Exhibition | 2017
Hybrid Identity Through Language and Calligraphy
المخزن / אלמסן /Almacén Gallery
Tel Aviv Jaffa
ORDER is a series of ink on paper, hand cut and woven objects.
The objects are the outcome of a life in a state of roaming. They were created through various stages of my continuous transition from Tel Aviv to Berlin.
I was born in Moscow, immigrated to Israel in 1991 (as part of a massive immigration wave from former Soviet Union to Israel), grew up in Jerusalem and moved to Berlin in 2016. As far as I know, none of my ancestors lived for more than a generation in one place. My family history is full of constant movement. In these conditions the task of self-definition, both as an individual and as a community, becomes complexed. ORDER reflects this complexity and undermines the demand for cultural uniformity.
The exhibition explorers and re-defines identity, my own as well as others. Human nature requires cultural uniformity, stiffness and unequivocal. However, a unified identity is rare; it is fluid, flexible and multifaceted.
Language and typography are defining elements of a culture. By using strict set of rules, they indicate the undisputed nature of it, both by content and visual form. ORDER is a contradiction to this concept. It is using diverse typography styles in different languages to create a hybrid outcome: the co-existence of multiple identities in a unified object.
I am Who I am
Ink on woven cellulose paper, 100x1000 cm
The main installation of the exhibition Mactub,
the Museum of Islamic and Near Eastern Culture, Beer Sheva, curator: Sharon Laor-Sirak | 2016-2017
The installation is based on handwritten typography. The sentence repeats over and over in a Mantric manner in two languages:
Hebrew ) אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה (
Arabic ( أهيه الذي أهيه ).
The sentence is being used in the Kabbalah as a Mantra since the 13th century. By repetition of it, one can achieve exaltation to a higher levels of consciousness.
The core of the project lies in the creation process; an examination of the meditative state of mantric, repetitive writing, using an ancient writing technique - pen and ink. This is an exploration of the visual and spiritual differences between the two languages. They are intertwined. Together, they create an organic pattern. The weaving technique dismisses the fragility of the thin paper and turns it into a strong and stable object.
The subject of this object is as the nature of the written sentence; an identity determination, of a place, of a collective and individual history. The object reflects on a complexed relationship between two collective identities that share history and present reality, in one geographical location - Israel / Palestine. Both exist by themselves for themselves, yearn for independent existence, yet, their history and identity are bind in an indivisible way. Their relationship is fragile as the thin, transparent paper. The two languages interfere one another, run over each other and disable each others readability. And yet, the combination creates a rich texture of a strong and stable object.
Light Drawing Installation at the Jerusalem Design Week | 2014
Illuminated contemporary model of Jerusalem, used for architectural planning and decision making. The model is hosted at City Hall, Jerusalem Municipality. During the Jerusalem design week, the model was illuminated, focusing on the diversity and complexity of the city.
The Jerusalem multi-religious demographic landscape is expressed by creating a contrast texture of light and shadow.
3d mapping by LiCHTPiRATEN.
Music by eplex.
Produced by Eyal Vexler and Koby Even-Haim.
Tech. Equipment: Doron Screens LTD.
ISRAELI ARTISTS OUT OF CONTEXT
A Group Exhibition in Alten Rathaus Marzahn, Berlin
Opening: September 22nd, 2017, 18 :00
Closing: January 10th , 2018